Monday 20 November 2017

Kenny's side are dun-believable!

Dundalk 4 Sligo Rovers 0


The Premier Division title is the main course as far as Dundalk are concerned, but Stephen Kenny's side are keen on a side order of success in the FAI Cup this season as they breezed past Sligo Rovers and into the semi-finals.

Any suggestion that the league leaders would slack off in the lesser competition of the FAI Cup so they could focus on the main task this season was shredded to pieces last night, Dundalk in scintillating form in the Co Louth rain with four stunning goals and a first double since 1988 is very much on the cards as, on this form, no team in the country can stand in their way.

Sligo had managed to block their path for almost an hour but Rovers were undone in a bruising eight minute spell which saw them conceded two goals and also lose key defender Tim Clancy to injury.

Dundalk showed more urgency in front of a relatively disappointing Oriel Park crowd of 1,726, further proof that an early kick off (40 minutes ahead of the usual start time) and live TV coverage do no help get more paying punters in through the turnstiles.

It did take the home side some time to wake up on a rainy night, but they shook off that early lethargy to take control, though they were still level at the break.

But the second half belonged to the league champions. Daryl Horgan fired them in front with a superb strike on 55 minutes, and on the hour mark Sligo defender Clancy had to exit the stage on a stretcher.

Ciarán Kilduff made it 2-0 with a deft flick from Dane Massey's free kick on 63 minutes, and Ronan Finn rounded off a great personal display with a great finish on 76 minutes.

Then Sean Maguire, fresh from Ireland U21 duties in midweek, came off the bench to beat the offside trap and slam home his first goal for the club on 87 minutes, with the crossbar denying Maguire his second and Dundalk's fifth.


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